Wednesday, April 7, 2010

2Truthy's Jazz Break with Fats Waller: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'

(Very Special Thanks to the VERY One and Only Fats Waller) 

And to Art Tatum, Billie Holiday, and Louis Armstrong for their outstanding versions of Waller's timeless classic Ain't Misbehavin': 

"Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’” was introduced at Connie’s Inn in Harlem during the opening of the all-black musical revue, Hot Chocolates. The show proved such a success that it moved onto Broadway, opening at the Hudson Theatre on June 20, 1929, and running for 219 performances. The Connie’s Inn performance of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” was sung as an opening number by Margaret Simms and Paul Bass and then, later in the show, by Russell Wooding’s Hallelujah Singers. At the Hudson Theatre, the opening remained the same, but at intermission Louis Armstrong, in his Broadway debut, took to the stage to play “Ain’t Misbehavin’” as a trumpet solo."


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